2012 TOSCOLO CHIANTI
"Amazing quality for a simple Chianti. Beautiful character of sliced ripe strawberries and lemons follow through to a full body, with bright acidity and a silky finish. Firm silky tannins come through. Give it a little more time to come together. Shows the excellent quality of the vintage. Better in 2013." James Suckling 90 points (2011 vintage)
Wine maker notes
Moderate ageing in oak (6 months) does not stifle the freshness and fragrance of this delightful red.
Brilliant ruby color, elegant nose of berry fruit, violets and iris, soft, silky-textured palate with abundant fruit, good body, intensity and balance.
Think Tuscan. That’s Toscolo, a labor of love from Neil & Maria Empson’s longtime passion for this extraordinary region. The name itself is a homage to Tuscany: a renaissance Italian word, it means “Tuscan boy.”
The Empsons chose their friend and star oenologist Franco Bernabei to style the wines with Neil himself. Nothing was left to chance in order to make the Empson’s proprietary brand their ideal Tuscan credentials. Availing itself of state-of-the-art facilities and teamwork, production derives from some of the region’s major Chianti terroirs and finest vineyards. Terrain and microclimates are intriguingly diverse: from compact, very fine-textured limestone, at an altitude of 1,312-1,476 feet above sea level, to rocky, clayey/calcareous areas, also at altitudes around 1,312 feet, and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil, at an altitude of 820-984 feet. Neil is thus able to “cherry-pick” the best selections according to harvest conditions in the individual wine zones - this gives him leeway to maintain consistency and the highest quality with each vintage.
Attentive vineyard management, high density of vines per acre and correspondingly low crop yields, achieve maximum quality results from Toscolo’s fine locations. Vinification is traditional, with a well balanced use of wood. The entire range combines fruit and finesse with that essential “bite” which makes these wines particularly food-friendly and versatile.
Toscolo’s ultra classic, ultra chic packaging was designed by Maria Gemma Empson. Maria is also an artist who went on to the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Tuscany, right after college in the States: there could hardly be a better combination to inspire a distinctively Toscolo label. In 2008, touches of gold joined the brand’s original Chianti palette: a Vernaccia di San Gimignano providing the Tuscan white per eccellenza, from one of Italy’s oldest white grapes, and “Dolce Toscolo,” whose label has been designed by Maria to distinguish itself from the more subdued style of the others.